iFixit normally get to work pretty quickly on our favourite smartphones and gut them out for us all to see, but sometimes it doesn’t produce that much more information, although it is interesting and nice to see, this time here they found something else. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has the same camera sensor as the iPhone 4S. iFixit in conjunction with Chipworks toredown the Galaxy S3 and found the 8 megapixel camera sensor was a Sony BSI unit and is exactly the same sensor as in Apple’s latest Smartphone.
Chipworks reported last year that it was using Sony’s IMX145 camera sensor, but they also pointed out that although the S3 has a Sony image sensor as well by a different name, they confirmed this on iFixit’s blog – “Chipworks has confirmed that the camera has a Sony BSI sensor, and that it’s basically the same unit found in the iPhone 4S,” See it’s always interesting at iFixit.
As our very own Chris Summerfield will tell you (He’s a phone repair technician) fixing certain devices can be more pricey then other due to the way it is constructed. Well, iFixit also have confirmed that Corning -the makers of Gorilla Glass – have fused it to the display and the it’s welded to the frame, and as iFixit have commented – “This will greatly increase the amount of money one has to spend when replacing the glass, should one be unfortunate enough to break it,” See even more interesting.
As always it’s an interesting (There’s that word again) affair when iFixit get hold and surgically rip apart with grace a Smartphone, but boy do we love it as well. Regarding the camera sensor, I don’t think it makes much difference and it’s the software remember the makes a lot of that difference when it comes to it. Although, if it is similarly built as indicated by iFixit to the iPhone 4S in many ways, could the S3 and the 4S be near on identical in speeds? Well, I think we’ll let you decide on that one.
You can check out the rest of the teardown here.